Driver Arrested on Assault Charge

A 25-year-old Thousand Oaks man who reportedly tried to drive off in his white Porsche with a sheriff's deputy hanging on the window is being held on suspicion of assault with a deadlyweapon on a police officer, authorities said.

Michael Hans Petersdorf is also accused of resisting arrest, reckless driving, evading arrest and driving with a suspended or revoked license, said Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Bruce Watlington.

Bail has been set at $20,000, he said.

Deputies said the driver of a white Porsche 930 Turbo had evaded them for several days.

On Aug. 27, a deputy clocked the car traveling north on Westlake Boulevard at Hillcrest Drive at about 115 m.p.h., officials said.

On Sept. 1, the same deputy saw a Porsche at the intersection of Duesenberg Drive and Thousand Oaks Boulevard, but the driver sped off while the deputy talked with him, Lt. Richard Diaz said.

Ventura deputies on Tuesday blocked the Porsche's escape route at Westlake Boulevard and Hillcrest Drive with two patrol cars at 11:15 a.m. But as Deputy Carl Gruen tried to wrestle the keys from the driver, he tried to drive away, Diaz said.

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